Milo Schwab is a Small Business and Civil Rights Attorney
I believe that politics is the work of getting things done to improve peoples’ lives. It is the expression of our values and how we come together to solve important problems. I’m running for the Colorado State Senate because of this fundamental belief in politics as a force for progress.
Politics was decidedly not a part of my childhood. My father coached baseball and basketball for the local recreational league which I played in – continuing to coach even after I had left the league because the town needed coaches. My mother, an arts professor at a local community college, served on the town arts commission on the conviction that art should play an important role in the community. It was this confidence – that through their actions they could shape their community – that led me to the practice of law.
Three years ago, I started my law firm to serve the community and work on issues that matter – issues like civil rights and workplace discrimination. As a civil rights attorney, I have fought race and sex discrimination by employers and brutality and injustice in our criminal justice system. Fighting for those who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice is among the most important work I can do as a lawyer.
In addition to my civil rights advocacy, I work every day with Denver startups and small businesses to help them achieve their vision and advance their goals. Whether I’m working with high-tech startups looking to build incredible companies or family-owned businesses building a legacy, I am continually inspired by their vision and belief that through their work, they can shape the future.
I want a politics with this same vision and focus. A politics with vision equal to the scale of the challenges that we face. As a progressive, I will fight to address climate change and to build the clean energy grid that we need. The time for waiting is over. We need to invest in clean sources of energy, build the infrastructure it needs, and encourage innovation towards a zero-carbon transit system to support our growing city.
As someone who has lived his entire life in the middle class, I will fight for more equity, to make sure that anyone who works a full-time job can afford housing and a decent standard of living in their community. And I will fight for better education funding. I would not be where I am without this investment by the community. Public schools have been there for me from kindergarten through law school and I believe deeply that investing in public schools is the most important way we encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.
I live in the Berkeley neighborhood of North Denver with my wife Niki, who is an employment rights attorney, and our two dogs, Charlie and Remy. When we’re not working, we like to hike, snowboard, homebrew, or have a couple beers at some of our favorite local breweries.